Four Internal Medicine Subspecialties Shine for UCSD Medical Center on 2009 “America’s Best Hospitals” List

Ken Kaushansky, MD, MACP“Internal medicine subspecialties stood out again this year in the high rankings for UCSD Medical Center on the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ list from U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“And when you add in HIV care, which is listed separately every year and in which we are always ranked in the top 10 nationally, there is much for our faculty to be proud of,” he said.

America's Best HospitalsRated among the nation’s best were four UC San Diego Department of Medicine subspecialties:

With top-50 rankings in psychiatry (20th) and urology (39th) as well, UCSD Medical Center earned top-50 ratings in a total of six specialties.

The showing makes UCSD Medical Center one of the top-rated hospitals in the country. Of more than 4800 hospitals screened for the “America’s Best Hospitals” report, only 174 received a top-50 rating in even a single medical specialty.

“Our presence in multiple rankings is proof that our combination of innovative patient care, education and research is truly enviable,” said David Brenner, M.D., Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, in his announcement to Health Sciences staff.

With this year’s high ranking in respiratory diseases, the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine has achieved a decade of consecutive top-20 ratings.

The U.S. News rankings examined the quality of care in 16 medical subspecialties from cancer to urology.

Two medical centers in the University of California system ranked in the top 10 overall: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles (3rd) and UCSF Medical Center (7th).

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